Newest Episode of Democracy in Question Podcast Features Stephen Holmes

The newest episode of the Democracy in Question podcast, hosted by Central European University (CEU) President and Rector, Shalini Randeria, features Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Law and Security at New York University.

He has had a long and distinguished academic career, but in the mid-1990s, he also served as Director of the Soros Foundation Program for promoting legal reform in Russia and Eastern Europe, a region that he knows extremely well. Stephen is the author of several books. His latest book, "The Light that Failed: A Reckoning," is co-authored with Ivan Krastev. Many of their insights have proved remarkably prophetic to understanding the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The latest episode “Perspectives on Putin and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine“ released on May 11 discusses how Vladimir Putin’s worldview was shaped and explores his possible motives for invading Ukraine. Also examined is the global response to the invasion, which has not been uniform around the world, as well as how the invasion has brought about closer unity between the United States and Europe, which had been drifting apart for some time.

For each episode of Democracy in Question, Randeria invites a leading scholar or public figure to explore the challenges and dilemmas facing democracies around the world. Listen to the trailer and subscribe here

Series four of Democracy in Question is produced in partnership with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (AHCD) where Randeria is a Senior Fellow. ACHD and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna co-produced seasons one and two of the podcast.